Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign in recent weeks as he told President Trump he needed the freedom to do his job, according to two people who were briefed on the discussion.
The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's use of Twitter despite criticism from the media, telling reporters that the same people who "critiquing his use of it now critiqued it during the election, and it turned out pretty well for him then".
An administration official told CNN that Trump's frustration with Sessions dates back to March 2, when Sessions suddenly recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation amid pressure from Democrats on Capitol Hill.More news: Stubborn Cavaliers must slow down the tempo to survive Game 3
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Still, tensions linger. On Monday, Trump derided the revised travel ban and criticized his own Justice Department's handling of the controversial case.
Since Sessions is just as frustrated with Trump as POTUS is with him, the AG was willing to toss out the resignation offer at one point.
The frustration between Trump and Sessions has gone both ways, with Justice Department officials upset that the President's tweets and comments caused problems for Sessions and Rosenstein in the wake of the Comey firing. Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump early in the presidential campaign a year ago when few Republican lawmakers supported the candidate.
Trump spoke of rising crime in his inaugural address and vowed to end the "American carnage".